Cindi Olsen was a medical cannabis patient when that was the only way to legally access the drug in Canada.
Nearly nine months after marijuana became legal for all Canadians, the breast cancer survivor is starting to feel like medical users have been left behind.
“It feels like we’ve been elbowed out,” she admitted.
The Cambridge, Ont., woman was diagnosed with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, a long-term side effect from cancer treatment.
“I was left with this really painful condition and I’m in a situation now where I’m totally disabled …. I have really severe limitations,” Olsen explained. “And because it’s nerve pain, it’s really difficult to manage.”
She was given anti-seizure medications, anti-depressants and opioids to cope, but she soon realized none of that was working for her.
“With the opioids, I’m frequently sick to my stomach,” she said, revealing that she’d throw up four or five times a day and was unable to get off her couch.